I am a literature student. I am deeply interested in philosophy and science. Who are the philosophers who probed into scientific ideas?
Answer by Peter Jones
Some names that might be relevant would be Erwin Schrodinger, Arthur Eddington, Neils Bohr, Albert Einstein, Bernardo Kastrup and Ulrich Mohrhoff. Most scientists doodle with philosophy but these names do more than this. Schrodinger is an excellent philosopher. Kastrup argues from science to Idealism and has a new book out. Mohrhoff explores the area between quantum mechanics and non-dualism.
Generally scientific ideas are not much help to philosophers but the birth of QM changed this and among the early pioneers many recognised this. With the passing of that pioneering generation scientists seem to have gone back to not being interested.
The list could be longer and stretch back to Democritus and might include the Alchemists, but for me it’s only with modern physics and ‘scientific’ consciousness studies that physics becomes interesting in philosophy.